Many sites are known as places where people have lived continually through several millennia, yet some aspects of life must have changed during the long time spans of dynamic cultural history. A systematic chronological examination of a specific site and its landscape may reveal the transformation, adaptation, persistence, and sustainability of the inhabitants through generations. At the House of Taga in Tinian of the Mariana Islands, one of the most famous sites in the Pacific islands, the first islanders here lived in wood post-raised houses at a particular seashore niche around 1500 BC. Some centuries later, the descendants of the first settlers adapted to the changing conditions of the coastal habitat and other aspects of their lives, and eventually, these groups created the regionâ€™s largest standing stone-pillar housing during the AD 1600s. Today, the surface-visible stone ruins at the site are revered as the â€œHouse of Tagaâ€, connected with a profound legendary status in indigenous history and heritage, while the older subsurface layers of the site have been hidden from view. A chronological narrative here clarifies the natural environmental conditions and cultural adaptions that had evolved through the past 3500 years in this special place. The results have enabled broader knowledge of how the landscape at the House of Taga developed into an iconic symbol in Pacific Oceania.
|Title of host publication||Palaeolandscapes in Archaeology: Lessons for the Past and Future|
|Editors||Mike T. Carson|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon United Kingdom|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|